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Golf Magazine vs. Golf Digest

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  1. 1. Golf Magazine or Golf Digest?

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If you had to choose one or the other, which one would you go with and why? Personally, I am a little bit biased in favor of Golf Digest, I just find that it has articles and sections that are a bit more interesting and captivating. Also, they usually can get the "big names" more often to do guest articles/tips for them.
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Golf Digest is still a great magazine but there are SO many instructors segments that I think its lost some cohesion...you could really tie your swing in knots if you tried to follow all of them. GOLF is going away from its classic drawings and becoming the same way...

I like LINKS best, my only complaint is that its not monthy.
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I subscribe to them BOTH, and look forward to reading each for different reasons. I think both are equal with their Majors coverage, but here's where I think their strengths are...

GOLF DIGEST
Great equipment reviews
The standard course rankings
Tiger/Annika on staff

GOLF MAGAZINE
Great instruction for the average player
Strong new Sports Illustrated partnership
Better website ( www.golf.com )
David Feherty on staff (Golf's Rick Riley)
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I actually read both regularly. If I had to pick one it would be Golf Magazine, simply because of Feherety.
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I subscribe to Golf Digest and I enjoy the equipment reviews and instruction (except for David Leadbetter - "Find your swing chi" - Seriously?). I also like the columnists David Owen and the Golf Guru.

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Golf Magazine, I love David Feherty.
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I have to go with Golf Magazine too. Better articles on tour players and I love George Peper. I like GD but there is too much instruction. I want to read about cool places to golf and about life on tour.
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I subscribe to Golf Digest; I only read some of the tips, as I find if you read them all you get the classic paralysis by analysis, but I find their instruction more useful than Golf. I really like GD's interviews and columns, and the Hot List issue is my favourite of the year. That being said, since Golf became a SI publication, I find myself buying it more and enjoying it more than I used to. The one thing I don't like about GD is Dan Jenkins; I know his history and all, but I've never found any of his articles funny. The guy seriously needs to retire, and if he doesn't, they should send him off to pasture.
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For me, GD > GM.

I find the major previews in Golf Digest to be superior, as well as the product reviews and golf course rankings. I agree that GD has become too instruction heavy, and I do enjoy Feherty's articles. Regardless, I still prefer Golf Digest.
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I enjoyed the club test in GM this year(this month), over the hot list in GD.. although more equipment was reviewed, I felt some of GD's reviews may have been biased. Getting to meet each tester and have different hanicaps rate the clubs is better than taking the editors word for it. Plus the hot list's rating system was a complete miss. Whoever came up with the categories and square box's of different colors with stars in them should be fired. I read both monthly and I no longer pay attention to the instructional articles in either because they're so bogus. "hit it 50 yards further" The "O" factor "how to hit it like Tiger". It's like taking a lesson from 5 different pros in one day and trying to apply what they've said on the golf course.
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I have been getting Golf Magazine for almost a year now and decided to order Golf Digest (haven't gotten first issue yet) as well. I like Golf magazine, but some of the "lessons" tend to be contrary to what my teaching pro is telling me. Every pro has there own "system" and it can get confusing, but I do like to read some of the items regarding the short game.
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I have a subscription to Golf Digest and buy a copy off the shelf of Golf Magazine. I look forward to both every month. The only thing I think Golf Digest could do less of is the travel section. It should only be a page or two and sometimes it seems like it takes up half the magazine.
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I can't justify paying off the rack price for any magazine I buy regularly so I subscribe to, and enjoy, both.

$12 vs $48? That's a no brainer...
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I subscribe to Golf Digest, but I read Golf Magazine regularly as well. In my opinion, Golf Digest gets big name people to do swing tips, but I do agree that its not good to follow them all.
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If you had to choose one or the other, which one would you go with and why? Personally, I am a little bit biased in favor of Golf Digest, I just find that it has articles and sections that are a bit more interesting and captivating. Also, they usually can get the "big names" more often to do guest articles/tips for them.

Like most people who have taken the poll I think Golf Digest is the better magazine (especially when it comes to instruction). Among the Playing Editors with Golf Digest are: Justin Leonard, Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Nick Price, Tom Watson, and Annika Sorenstam (oddly Ernie Els and Karrie Webb are no longer listed). Among the Teaching Professionals listed for Golf Digest are Butch Harmon, David Leadbetter (who hasn't wrote anything good in a while

), Jim Mclean, and Rick Smith. They also tend to have swing sequences of better players (Fred Couples in the April issue). Golf Magazine's current instruction is awful with instruction that isn't logical and doesn't make sense by people I've never heard of before. Back in the 80's and 90's Golf Magazine was the better magazine with Greg Norman, Butch Harmon, Peter Jacobsen, Nick Price, Nick Faldo, and Jack Nicklaus writing articles for them.
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